Environment

The mouth of the Snohomish River and Possession Sound. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Save salmon, create jobs: A new plan for Snohomish watershed

Hilary Franz, of the state Department of Natural Resources, unveiled a “tree to sea” approach in a 100-page paper.

The mouth of the Snohomish River and Possession Sound. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Jeff Brown, of PAWS, releases crow 20220004 back into the wild after its rehabilitation from an injured wing Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, at the UW Bothell campus in Bothell, Washington. The crow immediately flew upper into a tree and began calling out to other birds in the area. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Broken wing healed, a crow passes test flight at UW Bothell

The injured crow rejoined its murder Friday, following surgery at the PAWS Wildlife Center in Lynnwood.

Jeff Brown, of PAWS, releases crow 20220004 back into the wild after its rehabilitation from an injured wing Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, at the UW Bothell campus in Bothell, Washington. The crow immediately flew upper into a tree and began calling out to other birds in the area. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Trumpeter swans and Canada geese take flight from a field while others continue to graze Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, in the Silvana-area in Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Nature’s soap opera: Swans are wintering around Snohomish County

For a few more weeks, here’s where to find visiting swans. If you’re lucky, you might see a “rare bird alert.”

Trumpeter swans and Canada geese take flight from a field while others continue to graze Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, in the Silvana-area in Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
The Elusive Dream sank again in 2020, knocking down another boat and spilling upwards of 214 gallons of diesel fuel. (Department of Ecology)

Ecology again fines boat owner $70K for fuel spill in river

This time, the state was sterner about the spill in Steamboat Slough. They called Ron Barber’s actions negligent.

The Elusive Dream sank again in 2020, knocking down another boat and spilling upwards of 214 gallons of diesel fuel. (Department of Ecology)
Darlene McApline, an administrative coordinator with Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare's street outreach team, dumps a bottle of water on her head to cool off while loading supplies on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)

Deadly NW heat wave prompts effort to boost air conditioning

In Washington, lawmakers are exploring a bill that would expand air conditioning in senior care homes.

Darlene McApline, an administrative coordinator with Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare's street outreach team, dumps a bottle of water on her head to cool off while loading supplies on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)
Looking east toward the U.S. 2 trestle as cars begin to backup on Thursday, March 1, 2018 in Everett, Wa. The aging westbound span needs replacing and local politicians are looking to federal dollars to get the replacement started. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Democrats unveil 16-year, $16.8 billion transportation plan

Culvert fixes, car-free transit improvements and designs for a U.S. 2 trestle replacement are in the proposed budget.

Looking east toward the U.S. 2 trestle as cars begin to backup on Thursday, March 1, 2018 in Everett, Wa. The aging westbound span needs replacing and local politicians are looking to federal dollars to get the replacement started. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Dr. David Kirtley at the new Helion headquarters, Antares, in Everett, Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022  (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Can fusion-powered Helion Energy change the world — from Everett?

The company, which is relocating from Redmond, is on a multibillion-dollar quest to produce clean electricity.

Dr. David Kirtley at the new Helion headquarters, Antares, in Everett, Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022  (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Glacier Peak, elevation 10,541 feet, in the Glacier Peak Wilderness of Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest in Snohomish County, Washington. (Caleb Hutton / The Herald) 2019

At deadly Glacier Peak, one last hurdle for new seismometers

Federal agencies consider the volcano a “very high” threat. The early warning system is severely lacking.

Glacier Peak, elevation 10,541 feet, in the Glacier Peak Wilderness of Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest in Snohomish County, Washington. (Caleb Hutton / The Herald) 2019
Tulalip fish buyer Hazen Shopbell talks about what he calls his unlawful arrest on Monday, May 3, 2021 in Tulalip Reservation, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Shellfish war: Judge dismisses Tulalip clam-trafficking case

“A massive waste of taxpayer dollars,” said an attorney. Two tribal defendants say the dismissal is a victory for treaty rights.

Tulalip fish buyer Hazen Shopbell talks about what he calls his unlawful arrest on Monday, May 3, 2021 in Tulalip Reservation, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
The massive mudslide that killed at least eight people and left dozens missing is shown in this aerial photo, Monday, March 24, 2014, near Arlington, Wash. The search for survivors grew Monday, raising fears that the death toll could climb far beyond the eight confirmed fatalities. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

After Oso disaster, landslide prediction remains vexing, necessary

Slides will become more prevalent with climate change. Scientists are scrambling to prepare.

The massive mudslide that killed at least eight people and left dozens missing is shown in this aerial photo, Monday, March 24, 2014, near Arlington, Wash. The search for survivors grew Monday, raising fears that the death toll could climb far beyond the eight confirmed fatalities. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee uses a red pen to veto sections of the state capital budget, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee signed the state's capital, operating, and transportation budgets Tuesday, officially designating funds — and new taxes — to pay for state programs for the next two years. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee, lawmakers set for another court battle on veto powers

In a new suit, the Legislature contends two of the governor’s vetoes were unconstitutional.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee uses a red pen to veto sections of the state capital budget, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee signed the state's capital, operating, and transportation budgets Tuesday, officially designating funds — and new taxes — to pay for state programs for the next two years. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A car drives along a section of Ben Howard road that Snohomish County will raise due to flooding on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Not so high and dry: Climate change adds to flooding risks

Road improvements are planned with future river flows in mind, starting with an area between Monroe and Sultan.

A car drives along a section of Ben Howard road that Snohomish County will raise due to flooding on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Nicole Vandeputte and Emma Atkinson with Adopt A Stream look for spawning salmon in a newly redirected section of the Olaf Strad tributary on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

At this newly-built Arlington stream, the coho have arrived

It offers some brief respite, but the journey through civilization’s waterways is still difficult.

Nicole Vandeputte and Emma Atkinson with Adopt A Stream look for spawning salmon in a newly redirected section of the Olaf Strad tributary on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee sits in front of a solar panel after speaking, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, at a news conference in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced several climate-related proposals for the 2022 legislative session, including a plan to offer rebates on the purchase of new and used electric vehicles for qualified buyers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Electric-auto rebates: Governor unveils climate proposals

Rebates of up to $7,500 would be available for certain new and used electric vehicles.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee sits in front of a solar panel after speaking, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, at a news conference in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced several climate-related proposals for the 2022 legislative session, including a plan to offer rebates on the purchase of new and used electric vehicles for qualified buyers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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The Lenz composting facility borders. (Google Earth)

Stanwood composter questioned on whether tonnage went over the cap

Lenz Enterprises was accused by a competitor, Cedar Grove, of accepting 30,000 tons more than allowed last year.

The Lenz composting facility borders. (Google Earth)
After a pesticide exposure, piles of dead honey bees were found at Getchell Ranch in June. (Charles Coslor)

What killed millions of honey bees at this Everett farm?

In the summer, a beekeeper lost 240 hives on Ebey Island. An investigation found they died from pesticides, but whose?

After a pesticide exposure, piles of dead honey bees were found at Getchell Ranch in June. (Charles Coslor)
Brian Loomis and Michelle Moch browse for a live Christmas tree from Adopt A Stream on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

These holiday trees can liven a salmon’s home as well as your own

Adopt A Stream Foundation is selling native trees. Return them after the holidays, and they’ll become critical fish habitat.

Brian Loomis and Michelle Moch browse for a live Christmas tree from Adopt A Stream on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Carpenters from America and Switzerland build the first "modular home" made from cross-laminated timber, inside a warehouse on Marine View Drive on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Affordable housing’s future? Innovative home built in Everett

Swiss and American carpenters built the nation’s first “modular home” made of cross-laminated timber.

Carpenters from America and Switzerland build the first "modular home" made from cross-laminated timber, inside a warehouse on Marine View Drive on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Lake Stevens resident Rick Trout shows a Feb. 2020 photo of the rising lake level in front of his home after a storm. (Isabella Breda / The Herald)

Some Lake Stevens homeowners now must buy flood insurance

Updated FEMA maps show some lakeside homes now sit in a designated flood hazard area, due to a warming climate.

Lake Stevens resident Rick Trout shows a Feb. 2020 photo of the rising lake level in front of his home after a storm. (Isabella Breda / The Herald)